Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

Mark Diacono @MarkDiacono

@Faviken @DanSaladinoUK Bread, baking & the Nordics - longer version @ 3.30pm @BBCRadio4 - more stories from @Faviken Magnus Nilsson + flatbread making + #breadhistory #nordics #bloodbread #volcanobread #ancientgrains #thenordicbakingbook #whyfrenchbakersdonot=thelastwordonbaking

Oh, Arron. This is too tragic. Nigel Farage's secret funder Arron Banks has sent me a pre-action letter this morning: he's suing me over this TED talk. If you haven't watched it, please do. I say he lied about his contact with Russian govt. Because he did

Discovered my children were buying bags of posh popcorn for their movie watching so I made my own. And it's bloody delicious.

My wife caught me looking at a porn site so I told her I was trying to choose a name for our children's first pet.

Raw Beetroot Salad with Mustard Seeds and Dill is #RecipeOfTheDay. Even if you have a horror if cooked beetroot, you should give this a go.

Are you curious about growing your own #tea? Come along to the #EdibleEden garden at the @The_RHS #HamptonCourtPalaceGardenFestival and see our Tea Plant 'Fresh T' in all it's glory!
@Pennard @BurpeeEurope @MarkDiacono #teaplant #cuppa #RHSHampton

If you’re a journalist complaining about members of the public giving true stories to journalists, you should probably give your head a wobble.

This is so true by @MatthewdAncona. All Boris Johnson has ever had to offer is his ‘character.’ (He certainly never proposes any specific workable policies.) Which is why it is entirely right the public and press should hold that character to account

This November @dianahenryfood and I will be running another Food Writing Weekend at this marvellous place (@cadhayhouse in East Devon). It will be intense and challenging and if the evidence of previous courses is…

This November @dianahenryfood and I will be running another Food Writing Weekend at this marvellous place (@cadhayhouse in East Devon). It will be intense and challenging and if the evidence of previous courses is…

I’ve lost count of the number of domestic violence cases I’ve successfully prosecuted which only came to the police attention because of the actions of concerned neighbours. These people are literal life-savers. For MPs to discourage this for political point scoring is shameful.

Nights are drawing in eh

If you like this cartoon I can draw one just for you

'I don’t trust in people now. Especially men. That is probably why I’m single." My interview with 2-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova on life after being stabbed. NO ONE is reading this, & she is one of most remarkable people I've met. Plse give it a go!